Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children's Home Society
The incredible, poignant true stories of victims of a notorious adoption scandal--some of whom learned the truth from Lisa Wingate's bestselling novel Before We Were Yours and were reunited with birth family members as a result of its wide reach
From the 1920s to 1950, Georgia Tann ran a black-market baby business at the Tennessee Children's Home Society ...more
The Baby Scoop Era: Unwed Mother - Infant Adoption - Forced surrender
h…moreFor a real history of adoption in the United States during that era, please see:
The Baby Scoop Era: Unwed Mother - Infant Adoption - Forced surrender
Also: The Stork Market: America's Multi-Billion Dollar Unregulated Adoption Industry
One of the problems with this book is that the author portrays this inhumane behavior toward children and families as a one-off. It most definitely is not and continues to this day.
Federal Government does not oversee the adoption industry, the State Governments have a patchwork of inconsistent laws.
This is another book written by non-adoptees which monetizes adoptee experiences without addressing the very real issues that continue on to this day. (less)
This is the follow up non fiction book to “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate. I would recommend that if you haven’t read that novel you investigate the story of the Tennessee Children’s Home Society from the 1920’s through 1950 before reading this book, it doesn’t really work as a stand alone.
If you are looking for a lot more information about Georgia Tann and the daily operations of the orphanage you won’t find a lot of that here. This book is devoted to the adoptees.
What happens when you find out that your name was not always your name? That you might have been snatched from a front yard, bought and sold, taken from a young poor mother who could not afford to battle a corrupt woman (Georgia Tann) who ran the Tennessee Children's Home Society. A black-market adoption agenc ...more
Many of those involved first found about about the children's home in Tennessee, when they read Wingates novel, Before we were y ...more
This is the nonfiction follow up to the novel Before We Were Yours. The book starts with Lisa Wingate seeking to reunite the surviving adoptees with other surviving victims of Georgia Tann's Tennessee Children's Home Society who have suffered silently. After travelling to Memphis, Lisa and journalist Judy Christie gather wi ...more
BEFORE AND AFTER is a real life sequel to BEFORE WE WERE YOURS as Julie Christie teams up with Lisa Wingate to bring us mind-boggling stories and family secrets as we revisit the Tennessee Children's Home Society (TCHS) child trafficking scandal of the self-serving and untouchable Georgia Tann.
......read excerpts of letters from the nasty monster: "Take him and try him for a week."
......see baby pictures of th...more
I am a proponent of open adoptions and feel keeping secrets does more harm than good.
Recommended to all who have interest in what happened to some of the children caught up in Georgia Tann's many year ...more
The story of illegal adoptions and stolen children and the heartbreaking accounts of the terrible treatment of children and unmarried mothers.
Thank you to NetGalley and Quercus Books for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Such a heartbreaking book. The non-fiction story behind the fictional book Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. Same author, beside a co-writer, who follows up on the true story behind the horrific reign of Georgia Tann, owner and evil matron behind the Tennessee Children's Home Society.
After the first book Before We Were Yours was published in 2017 the author was inundated with messages from people who were either part of the Tennessee Children's Home Society, or had loved ones who w ...more
First did you all read Wingates fiction book Before We Were Yours? If you answered NO you need to go get a copy of it and read it first.
Now on to the real life stories of the babys from Tennessee childrens home and how they are doing now. Wingate interviewed them and they share their stories.
Wait until you read the chapter Seven- Dollar Baby. Wait until you get to the end of this book. Wingate has out done herself, this story telling getting to the hear ...more
While I suspect the children who ended up in unhappy and unspeakable circumstances are in the majority I was overjoyed to read the s ...more
Lisa's book started the ball rolling in reuniting a lot of people with their families and it's still continuing today.
The truth comes out as people that were adopted from The Tennessee Children's Home Society from the 1920's to 1950's tell their stories. So many of the children placed there were stolen when desperate mother's thought they were just placing their children there until they got back on their feet. Onc ...more
BEFORE AND AFTER
Before and After by Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate is a nonfiction account of the survivors of the Tennessee Children’s Home Society run by Georgia Tann. This agency was discussed in Lisa Wingate’s historical fiction Before We Were Yours. After the release of Before We Were Yours, survivors and adoptees reached out to ...more
The book begins with authors Lisa Wingate and Judy Christie seeking to reunite surviving children of the infamous Tennessee Children's Home Society in Memphis. On the way to Memphis for the reunion, Judy stops along the way to meet with the adoptees and their families, who tell their respective stories. Their stories are a compilation ...more
*A fractured book that is part memoir, part anecdote, and part self-promotion*
I was debating which to read first: Before We Were Yours or Before and After. I went with the nonfiction Before and After because I prefer to have at least a general idea of the facts before reading the fiction. Both books are about the Tennessee Children's Home Society. First Lisa Wingate wrote her fictional story, Before We Were Yours. Because of the response to her novel, she decided to host a reunion of so ...more
Georgia Tann ran the Tennesse Children's Home Society from the 1920's to 1950, a supposed adoption agency. In truth, Tann's organization was really a black market trade of children. Over 5000 children were "adopted" through TCHS but sadly the majority of these children were not orphans. They were kids stolen from yards, from poor par ...more
Over 20% of this book is the authors patting themselves on the back for getting a "reunion" together. The authors write about what THEY were doing, how THEY felt, why THEY were doing this...it got really OLD very quickly.
The part that I loved was the stories of those who were adopted. I liked to hear how they found lost relatives.
Overall the majority of them were bette ...more
Through research and conversations with family members of the TCHS children and at times, the actual children, truth is brought into the open.
My heart aches for each person affected by the deceit and greed involved in selling and buying children.
Thank you to Lisa and Ju ...more
History is full of shitty people doing shitty things. That should be no surprise to anyone with an inkling of history. People got shat on for being the wrong sex, religion, race, caste/class, or nationality. They got shat on for all kinds of reasons - money (or wealth/land/resources) being one of the biggest reasons.
This is no exception. Children were kidnapped and sold because of people who valued money over the lives of children, or the bond that moth ...more
II am a book ambassador for Author Lisa Wingate. She has sent me her newest book to read and review so I wanted to share my views on this page. The book is Before and After and I would call it a follow up, non-fiction to her number 1 best selling fiction book, Before We Were yours.
In this historical novel Lisa Wingate and Judy Christie tell a touching story of children who were snatched from their homes, hospitals and unwed poor mothers from 1927 to 1950 by Miss Tann of the Tennessee Children’s ...more
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